Can You Overcharge A Hoverboard? (This May Happen)

Hoverboards are very easy to maintain. And they don’t require much charge time; once you charge your hoverboard for a few hours, it’s good to go.

However, knowing just how much charge, your hoverboard needs can be sometimes tricky. Fortunately, I’ll tell you all you need to know about this. 

Overcharging a hoverboard is not a good idea. Hoverboards fully charge in two to three hours. If you leave yours longer than that, it will overcharge. So, it would be best to be careful, as overcharging can damage the hoverboard battery.  

Although hoverboards are easy to charge and maintain, you can still damage yours if you’re not careful. Keep reading to learn how to charge and maintain your hoverboard.

Can You Leave a Hoverboard to Charge Overnight?

Can You Overcharge a Hoverboard

The answer is no, do not let your hoverboard charge overnight. A hoverboard usually takes two to three hours to charge fully. 

So, it’s not a good idea to leave the hoverboard charging for 6-8 hours as you sleep. It will overcharge, and that is not good for your battery. 

Hoverboards can explode if they overcharge. When hoverboards first became popular, there were several incidents of hoverboards exploding in public places.

Usually, the explosions resulted from faulty batteries that overcharged too quickly and exploded. Although the incidents of exploding hoverboards have been reduced, they can still happen. 

Even if you purchased your hoverboard from a reliable source, you could still damage it if you charge it past the recommended time.

While most standard hoverboards reach full charge in about three hours, other larger hoverboards may take longer. But all hoverboards take less than eight hours to charge.

And since most people sleep for at least 6-8 hours, you’ll leave it charging for at least six hours, reducing the battery life significantly.

Also, if you overcharge your hoverboard, the battery will weaken over time and take longer to charge. A weak battery will only last for a short time, even after a full charge.

The best thing you can do is to charge the hoverboard before you sleep or charge it when you wake up in the morning. But it’s risky to charge your hoverboard and then go to sleep. 

Leaving your hoverboard on charge at night means you’re overcharging the hoverboard for at least four hours. 

That can cause the battery to burn out, and the battery won’t be efficient anymore.

As such, you’ll have to charge the battery more often and for extended periods, and I even if you give the battery a full charge, it will only last for a while. 

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So, charge it during the day when you’re not using it. 

How Long Does It Take Fully Charge a Hoverboard?

A standard self-balancing scooter usually takes about two to three hours to charge fully. However, the charge time can vary depending on the size and power of the hoverboard.

It’s essential to note your hoverboard’s charging time because it is not a good idea to charge the device past the recommended time. 

Hoverboards charge faster because most have lithium-ion batteries, which charge a lot faster than lead-acid cells, so in some cases, 2-3 hours may be all it takes to get a full charge.

However, the length of time it takes to charge a hoverboard entirely may vary depending on the make of the hoverboard and the quality. 

Cheaper hoverboards take longer to charge than mid-range and high-end hoverboards. For example, a cheap hoverboard can charge for 4-6 hours before it reaches full charge.

A mid-range hoverboard can take 2-3 hours to reach full charge, which is the average charge time, and a high-end hoverboard can reach full charge in two hours or less.

So, it’s up to you to check the charging time of your hoverboard and make sure that you leave it within the recommended charge time, as that can cause damage to the battery. 

If you overcharge your hoverboard, it can cause rapid heating and short circuits. But, of course, that is more likely if the hoverboard is of inferior quality. 

So, it’s crucial that you only charge until the light turns green. Once the lights turn green, stop charging immediately. Leaving it on charge after it reaches full will not increase battery life.

Also, you only need to charge your hoverboard daily if the battery is low. Then, if you still need to deplete the battery or want to use it, there is no need to leave it on charge.

How Do You Know When a Hoverboard is Fully Charged?

You can know when a hoverboard is fully charged by watching the indicator lights on the hoverboard.

When the lights turn green, you’ll know that the hoverboard is fully charged and good to go.

Your hoverboard should have a small light in front of the board or near the charging pin. You can use that light to determine whether the hoverboard is charging. 

When you first plug in your hoverboard, check the lights. A bright red light on the hoverboard indicates that it is charging. If the red light is dim, it means it’s charging slowly. You should follow the Hoverboard Charging Instructions.

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The dim red light can also indicate low voltage in the plug or that you must correctly connect the hoverboard to the charger. 

While the hoverboard is charging, the light will be red, but once the charge is completed, the light will turn green. When the lights turn green, you’re good to go.

Pay attention to the lights when you take the hoverboard out for a ride. If the lights begin to blink red, the battery is running low, and you need to charge the hoverboard before you continue.

The indicator lights on your hoverboard signal different things. 

The table below contains the different lights and what they mean.

GreenlightThe hoverboard is Fully charged
Red light Hoverboard is charging
Blinking red lightBattery is low

Can You Leave a Hoverboard On While Charging?

You can, but you shouldn’t. The best way to charge a hoverboard is to turn it off while charging. So please turn off the hoverboard before you plug it in.

It is optional to turn off the hoverboard while charging, but that’s the best practice for your safety and keeping your hoverboard in good condition. 

When your turn off your hoverboard while charging it, that will charge the battery more efficiently. And the charging time will also reduce although it won’t reduce by much.

Also, charging your hoverboard when turned off makes the battery last longer after the charge. It also enhances battery life and keeps your hoverboard in good condition.

So, before you connect your hoverboard to charge, turn off the hoverboard. To do that, press and hold the power button until the power goes out from the balance board.

Before you charge your hoverboard, inspect the pins on the charger for any possible damage. You can also inspect the cable, the wire, and other charger parts. 

If the charger is damaged, it could be unsafe and cause injury to you and the hoverboard. Also, always turn off the hoverboard before you plug in the charger and not after.

Finally, when you finish charging the hoverboard, always disconnect the charger from the socket so it doesn’t overheat.

How Far Does a Hoverboard Go on Full Charge?

Regular hoverboards can go 7 miles on a full charge before you pack them up and charge them again. But high-end hoverboards can go as far as 10-15  miles on a full charge.

The distance hoverboards can go per charge is different, and it varies between brands. But, when you purchase a hoverboard, the manufacturers tell you how long the boards can go on a full charge.

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Battery range varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and how far batteries last depends on the battery range.

Some high-quality boards can go up to 15 miles on one full charge, while the lower-quality boards can only go 7 miles or even less. 

Higher voltages mean that you have a board with a stronger battery which means that the hoverboard will take you farther on a full charge.

However, the speed, terrain, and weight of the rider also affect how far the board can go before the battery goes down.

If you are going at high speeds, the battery will drain faster because the motor system is working more and taking more power from the battery. 

The weight of the rider is also a factor. If the rider weighs more, the board will get farther than it would if the rider weighs less.

That is because it takes more battery power to carry a heavier rider. Also, your hoverboard will only go so far if you ride in rough and rocky terrain.

Rough terrain means more energy from the battery, which means the battery will need more juice. 

How Long Does a Hoverboard Battery Last?

Hoverboards have lithium-ion batteries, and they usually last one hour after they are fully charged. However, that exact time depends on the model of the hoverboard you have. 

Standard hoverboard batteries tend to last longer than power-packed hoverboard batteries. Also, the battery life could be minor differences depending on the manufacturer. 

Additionally, the terrain also affects the capacity of hoverboards. If you’re riding your hoverboard on a rough, bumpy road, the battery will dry up faster than if you’re riding on smooth terrains.

Rough terrains dry up the battery a lot faster than smooth rides. 

Hoverboards only hold a charge for a short time; the battery lasts an hour, depending on the hoverboard and the roads you ride it on. 

So, here are a few tips to boost the battery life of your hoverboard.

  • Always charge the hoverboard before you go on a ride.
  • Allow the hoverboard to reach full charge before you unplug it. The light has to turn green so you can be sure it’s fully charged.
  • Always use the correct weight limit for your hoverboard. Using the wrong weight limit means the board has to use more power which can also dry up the battery faster.
  • Use the charger the manufacturer recommends charging your hoverboard. Refrain from improvising when it comes to charging your hoverboard. 
  • Please don’t place your hoverboard in direct sunlight; ride it close to a fire or on rough roads. The sparks can damage the boards. 

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